A therapy dog is a dog that is trained to provide affection, comfort and support to people, often in settings such as hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, libraries, hospices, or disaster areas. In contrast to assistance dogs, which are trained to assist specific patients with their day-to-day physical needs, therapy dogs are trained to interact with all kinds of people, not just their handlers.
Because of Covid, our Therapy Dog Program has been on hold to public access to most hospitals, nursing homes, and schools have been closed to therapy teams. Paws crossed that facilities will open back up for our Therapy Teams by fall 2021.
Are You Interested In Therapy Work With Your Canine Friend?
Your dog must have some self control with his manners to join our Therapy Dog Training Program. We encourage you and your canine partner to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. This test is open to mix breeds dogs also. We do offer the Canine Good Citizen course with the test or you can contact us to take the AKC CGC test without taking the course.
What is a Therapy Dog
What Does A Therapy Team Do
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A therapy dog’s primary function is to brighten someone’s day. Therapy dogs and their handlers visit nursing homes, hospitals and schools to provide emotional support. They put a smile on someone’s face, make their day a little brighter or bring back a cherished memory.
Can any dog be a therapy dog?
Find out what makes a good therapy dog
How much training is involved
What is the best age to start training a therapy dog
The difference between therapy, service, and emotional support dogs
Why get you and your dog certified as a therapy team
Your questions answered
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Your dog MUST pass the Canine Good Citizen test to enroll.
In this course you and your dog will:
Practice good manners skills
Maneuvering around obstacles that are common in a nursing home environment.
Learn to be calm in all types of distracting situations and environments.
Comfortable with all types of handling by all types of people
Friendly with all other dogs and all other animals
Comfortable in different surrounds, on different surfaces
Comfortable with loud noises and crowd
A certification test will be given during the last week of the course.
Therapy Team In Action
Erin is in charge of our therapy teams.
Feel free to contact her with any questions you may have about training for therapy.